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Being a Police Officer

If you would like a challenging but rewarding career assisting and protecting the community then a job within the police force may appeal to you.

As a police officer, you will work in partnership with the communities you serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens.

You will use a range of technology to protect individuals, identify the perpetrators of crime and ensure successful prosecutions against those who break the law.

Responsibilities

As a police officer, you will need to:

  • work alongside communities, liaising with community groups and individuals
  • provide a visible presence to deter crime and reassure the community
  • conduct patrol duties on foot, by car and bicycle
  • develop community knowledge to identify individuals and locations at risk of being involved in crime
  • respond to calls and requests from the public to assist at incidents
  • keep the peace at public meetings, social events, processions, trade disputes or strikes
  • diffuse potentially volatile situations with regard for the safety of all involved
  • act with sensitivity when dealing with situations such as delivering news of a sudden death or when dealing with sexual crimes
  • conduct initial investigations, gather evidence, take statements and comply with relevant legal requirements
  • interview suspects, victims and witnesses in accordance with relevant legislation
  • conduct arrests with due regard for the human rights, security and health and safety of detained individuals, members of the public, colleagues and self
  • prepare crime reports and present case files
  • attend and give evidence in court and at other hearings
  • complete administrative procedures
  • submit internal crime reports and criminal intelligence reports
  • investigate and take action on information received from members of the public
  • gather, record and analyse intelligence to achieve community safety and crime reduction objectives and provide crime prevention advice
  • attend road-related incidents including collision scenes, vehicle check points and traffic offences
  • enforce road traffic legislation and issue fixed penalties for relevant offences
  • deal with lost or found property